contract-labour-3In another shocking expose a case of injustice to labours working with NMMC has come to light. Forget equal work equal wages, these labours are not even getting their wages on time. What is unfortunate is that the contractor reportedly is the son of NCP Corporator Shampat Shewale’s son. One often hears of the injustice that contractors do with contract labours. Perhaps that is why the state had decided to remove contractors from the picture as far as labours working in important divisions of municipal corporations were concerned. This would eliminate the role of contractors and make labours permanent. However in Navi Mumbai, for the first time, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik promoted the scheme of “Equal Work, Equal Wages” with the intention of paying contract labours at par with permanent ones so that they continue to take their work seriously. This had also become an integral part of the NCP manifesto both in the assembly and municipal polls. However a report from Airoli Sector “Health Center” is exposing how Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik’s own party corporators are exploiting contract labours and doing injustice to them. Labours working in this health center alleged that their contractor “Suraj Enterprises” has not been given them wages on time. The date of issuing wages is 5th but they never get it on time. Even when the wages are issued late it not as per the agreed scale and is a meager Rs. 5,200 only. They further allege that under the name of ESI, money is deducted from their waged but the benefits are not passed on. Even PF numbers given have discrepancies allege labours who voiced concern whether they would be able to redeem the PF benefits or not. Even money for uniforms are deducted from the wages of labours. What came as a shock was when one of the contract labours informed us that “Suraj Enterprises” belongs to the son of NCP Corporator Sampat Shewale and demanded that action be taken against such contractors. When we tried to contact NCP Corporator Shampat Shewale he was not available for comments. While this might be one of the many cases where in poor labours are exploited such is the terror of contractors on contract labours that they often fear talking against them. Even in the case of these labours, even as we were speaking to them, one labour got a call from the contractor who was shouting on him on phone for speaking to the media. Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik and former Standing Committee Chairman and MLA Sandeep Naik have always been credited for bringing into effect the “Equal Work, Equal Wages” scheme but in reality the party’s own corporators like Shampat Shewale are allegedly making a mockery of the scheme by not implementing it in true spirit and are exploiting poor labours. With cameraperson Satish Garud, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.

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